Well, maybe it’s not THAT great, but it is a reveal and it is 2013!
This is the best “whole” kitchen shot I could get since I do not have an open floor plan. This shot would not have been possible in the old kitchen…you would have been staring at a closet door with a pantry on the other side.
This mini kitchen remodel was mainly to gain more counter space and get rid of that blue Formica counter top. And just because I wanted it, I allowed myself a new farm sink! You can see how it was installed here.
I don’t have a lot of comparison shots with the old kitchen, but I did my best to try to show you the “before and after” as much as possible. As you can see, we got a new fridge. I couldn’t wait to replace that side by side with a French door fridge. I purchased one for my last house and LOVED it, so I HAD to have one in my forever house.
In an effort to gain more counter space, we opted not to cut the 8′ counter where the cabinets ended. These corbels were added to ease the awkwardness of a counter just hanging out in space!
Just for the record, farm sinks are the BOMB!! Before I installed it, I wondered if it was too trendy and that I would regret it. I’m here to tell you that large bowl farm sinks are so amazing to do dishes in that I can’t imagine them going out of style. I mean, with the invention of the dishwasher, who needs two tiny sinks? Trust me when I say farm sinks rock!!
This shelf was originally purchased to go to the right of the cabinets, above the radiator and next to the window, in the picture below. It was completely lost and impractical, so we moved it here. I was lucky that it fit!
This is where the bulk of the reno took place. You can see the deconstruction here.
I had my contractor build the corner shelves instead of ordering ready-made shelves. It was wahahahahayyy cheaper. Originally, I had purchased some paint from the cabinet supplier to finish off these shelves, but when it came in spray paint form, I was annoyed. Good ol’ Sherwin Williams to the rescue. I took a drawer front in to the store and they were able to match the paint PERFECTLY!
I felt the upper cabinets on this wall were too small and not functional enough, so I threw out my plans to save them and ordered bigger shelves. I kept the bottom cabinets and they moved around the corner.
Everybody has a coffee station these days, don’t they?
If you haven’t been reading my blog for long, you’re probably wondering why I went around the corner instead of tearing out the entire wall, right? Check out this post and you’ll know why.
I finally figured out how to style these teeny, tiny, oddly shaped shelves with the help of a friend over the phone!
I made this sign specifically for this space using 3 different stencils from Maison de Stencil.
Once again, maximizing space and adding as much countertop as possible, we decided to add this bookcase. It also covered up an issue with the floor. Several places in this kitchen had missing hardwood and in its place was some kind of cement-like filler. This bookcase covered up one such place and so does the extended-out kick plate around the stove. An idea provided by my neighbor, Stacy. Thanks, Stacy!!
I bought this “Tom’s” snack rack on the Holiday Shopping Tour from Heaven and had no idea what I would do with it. I just knew I had to have it. I am so excited that it became my spice rack!!
This is how the kitchen looked when we saw the house for the first time.
This shows some of the changes we made to the kitchen and the butler’s pantry.
So, there it is in all its bright white glory!
The whole mini renovation cost $7700.00. Most of that was cabinets, sink, counter top and wood floor refinishing. Not bad, eh?
Next up, I’m looking for an organic, food safe way to stain my counter tops darker. I think I’ve found a way I’m going to try. Stay tuned!
Bye from the bungalow,